by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 11 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: Who Needs the Ten Commandments?
Series: Let's Do It God's Way
Stuart Briscoe
Exodus 20:1-17

Two things stand out in modern western society: a sense of disorientation and confusion, and a distaste for authority. That the two things are connected is not always acknowledged but a study of the Ten Commandments will show this is the case.

I. How We Got the Ten Commandments.

A. The Abrahamic Covenant. Genesis 12:1-3

B. The Egyptian captivity.

C. The Mosaic exodus. Exodus 19:1-6

D. The divine instructions. Exodus 10:1-17
1. How to love God. Deuteronomy 6:5
2. How to love people. Deuteronomy 10:19; Leviticus 19:18
3. How to live well. Deuteronomy 6:2, 18
4. How to be God's people. Exodus 19:5-6

II. What Is the Significance of the Ten Commandments?

Illustration of orchestra:
i. Individual instruments.
ii. Harmonious relationship.
iii. Piece to be performed.

A. Do they have significance for believers?
1. "We are not under law but under grace"! Romans 6:15
2. "By observing the law no one will be justified." Galatians 2:16

Part 2: Who Is Number One?
Series: Let's Do It God's Way
Stuart Briscoe
Exodus 20:3

The Lord introduced His rules for living with the dramatic statement, "You shall have no other gods before me"! This meant He was placing Himself above and beyond all human speculations about deities and establishing His claim to be #1.

I. The Competition: "Other Gods."

A. Man's religious instinct.
1. "Man is by his constitution a religious animal." (Edmund Burke)
2. "A seed of religion is planted in all men." (Calvin)
3. Romans 1:18-20; Psalm 19:1-4

B. Man's perverted ingenuity.
1. Observation of natural forces.
2. Identification of deities.
3. Polytheism of Canaanites, etc.
4. "Canaanite religion…no pretty picture…extraordinarily
debasing form of paganism." (John Bright)

II. The Commandment: "No Other Gods."

A. The revelation.
1. The Lord is one. Deuternomy 6:4
a. Unique-greater than Egyptian gods.
b. Unity-unlike contradictory pagan pantheon.

2. The Lord is God. Exodus 10:1-2
a. Speaks with authority.
a. Speaks with authority.
b. Acts in supremacy.

3. The Lord is gracious. Exodus 20:2

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